What is kennel cough?
Bordetella, commonly known as “kennel cough,” is a bacteria that affects dogs. Infected animals will develop a harsh, dry cough three to seven days after exposure—it often sounds as if they need to clear their throats. The cough can be triggered by exercise or activity, as well as when the dog is calm and resting. Kennel cough normally lasts between seven and 21 days. Your dog’s appetite, energy level and overall health should not be affected. Most dogs do not require medical treatment for kennel cough and will overcome the infection on their own. If your dog appears lethargic, refuses to eat or shows symptoms in addition to those above, contact your veterinarian. Never give your dog medication without your vet’s approval.